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216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
+1 616-396-0600
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Ranked #46 of 195 Restaurants in Holland
Price range: $11 - $34
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Opened Memorial Day Weekend of 2006 The property has a rich history on the lake. Past businesses include property Occupying the year aggregate dock and storage area, a coal dock and marine construction and dredging has company. The building WAS designed to harken back to historic boat building factories lined the shores That of Lake Macatawa with Exposed beams and brick. The bar top WAS created to mimic the decks of hand-crafted wooden boats made by the likes of Chris Craft with light wood inlays betweens darker mahogany boards. The walls are lined with historic photos of the Lake Macatawa, Lake Michigan and Holland Areas. The restaurant continued to evolve and add features That Enhance the guest experience. In 2008, the outdoor patio bar WAS Added to create a comfortable outdoor lounge area. The next year saw the addition of glass walls along the boardwalk to create true waterfront tables right on the edge of the seawall. The next major change cam in 2012 with the full remodel of the indoor dining room and lounge. The Areas Were swapped to create a better dining experience for our guests with Additional windows Added to the North wall and elevated seating area year to Ensure great lake views for Every guest in the dining room. We Know That with growth, change must come aussi. Constantly we are looking for avenues and ideas to make Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant The Most Sought After dining experience on the lakeshore.
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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We experienced very rude service; it ruined the night for the group. I Would not recommend this to a friend.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is my "go to" place from a perch sandwich. The coleslaw is served on the sandwich and adds an all new flavor to the lightly breaded fish. The homemade chips are delicious and worth the calories. The decor of this place is nautical and sits along the river. Nice restaurant for lunch or dinner, my husband enjoys the local... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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283 reviews 283 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Went here tonight for date night as this is a "go to" spot for us... however, after ordering the seafood mixed grill, it came out seriously undercooked. The "fresh catch of the day" was salmon and was not cooked, the shrimp was still gray and somewhat translucent, and the crab cake was not hot... (Waitress looked at it and knew... More 

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Courtney B, Guest Relations Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Hello Paulette, Thank you so much for reaching out to us with your review. We are sorry that your food was not prepared to your liking. Our Chef takes pride in every dish that leaves the kitchen and we will be sure to communicate these events with the whole staff to ensure nothing like this happens again. We are honored... More 

Zeeland, Michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stopped by Boatwerks on New Year's Eve around 2 PM. The restaurant was fairly empty and waited just a few minutes to be seated. The funny thing was the host or manager came up and asked us, "How Many? Let me go see what's available." Our entire group laughed because we could plainly see many empty tables. As we were... More 

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Boatwerks W, Human Resource Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

We are so happy that you chose to ring in the new year with us here at Boatwerks! With it being New Year's Eve we had a ton of reservations which is probably why the host wanted to make sure we had a table free and clear for you. We will be sure to pass along your review to your... More 

Grand Rapids, MI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Food was good, not great for the price. Love sitting on the deck and enjoying the view. Good service always.

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South Haven, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Food and service was very good--we had the whitefish and walleye, but when we ordered coffee after dinner it was instant coffee and very poor tasting. This is difficult to understand unless the chef and management hate coffee? I've never run into this before.

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Boatwerks W, Manager at Boatwerks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We use Douwe Egberts Gourmet Coffee that is freshly brewed by the cup to insure that every cup goes out tasting fresh and delicious. We apologize that the coffee was not to your liking and appreciate your feedback! Positive or negative every review helps us to better serve our guests. Thank you again... More 

Holland, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

The Chef is outstanding with creative and delicious menu options. The presentation is unique and the food delicious.

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you come for the view, you won't be disappointed. The menu is fine, but it's not the main reason to dine here.

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Holland, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

MONEY MONEY to much to go here. Sorry I cannot say the food or the service was worth the cost. We had a group of 12 and we will not go back again. Sorrry I don't like to give bad review's but just being honest.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

Went here for a work meeting. They had it catered. It was very good food and their drinks were for of as well. Can't comment on price since I didn't pay for it. I'm sure it would be very expensive. Great location love to come back in summer.

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Additional Information about Boatwerks

Address: 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Phone Number: +1 616-396-0600
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ottawa County  >  Holland
Average Prices: USD 11 - 34
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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